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Pocahontas woman dies after crashing ATV while out riding alone

A 29-year-old Pocahontas woman died Thursday after crashing an ATV off the road near Pierron.

Allyn K. Potthast was riding a 2015 Yamaha Raptor on Main Street just outside of Pierron when she left the roadway and was ejected, according to Bond County Sheriff Jim Leitschuh.

She was riding the ATV alone and someone passing by called police to report the accident around 2 a.m., Leitschuh said.

Potthast was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland and was later pronounced dead.

Police were still investigating the accident Friday.

"There's more to it but we have to wait and see," Leitschuh said.

Potthast lived on Baydon Avenue in Pocahontas. Her obituary, posted by Meridith Funeral Home, said she played softball in Pierron every Thursday night.

"She was a dairy farmer that loved animals, loved music and loved playing guitars. Ali loved the simple life. She enjoyed riding four wheelers any time she could."

She is survived by her partner, Dawn Smith; her parents, Allen and Kathy Jo Patthast; her four sisters and one brother; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Potthast's service and visitation will be held at Meridith Funeral Home from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck
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